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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Jan. 18

Great Lakes, Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

View this traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society! Comprised of 16 panels, the exhibit features an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to track the movement of glaciers, follow changes made to local rivers over time, or…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Thu. Jan. 18

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Thu. Jan. 18

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/child

9:15-10am Thu. Jan. 18

Littlest Lab

For the littlest explorers. A special time each week with your baby as he or she discovers an engaging and rich environment. Songs and fingerplays and stations/activities. Discuss useful tips for raising young children and encourage each…

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $50/each for whole course (drop-ins welcome, but call ahead)

Age: Babies learning to move

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jan. 18

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts & snacks. Here you will find playing & learning go hand in hand. Come & experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

10am-5pm Thu. Jan. 18

Nate Rylander - the Jackson Pollock of the Midwest

View work by abstract expressionist painter Nate Rylander. “Action painting” can be seen in his artwork along with reclaimed materials such as hollow core doors. Inspired by several masters, we refer to Rylander as the Jackson Pollock of…

B-Framed Galleries
313 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Jan. 18

Menomonie Public Library: Learning Together

Storytime for children birth and older. Children attend with a parent or caregiver. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Jan. 18

Mini Makers: Stained Glass Windows

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking. Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's project is Stained Glass Windows.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10-10:50am Thu. Jan. 18

Little Language Lab

Is your toddler ready to get talking? This newest class aimed at exposing children to a language rich environment, where they will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory…

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $50/each, drop-ins welcome but please call ahead

Age: Ages 1-2

10:15am Thu. Jan. 18

L.E. Phillips Library: Little Movers Storytime

For babies who love to move. Interactive rhymes, parachute games, songs, stories, bubbles, and social time for parents and children.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: 6-18 months

10:45-11:15am Thu. Jan. 18

Menomonie Public Library: On My Own

For children 3-5 years old. Children attend by themselves. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Children Age 3-5

4:30-5pm Thu. Jan. 18

Polaris (Planetarium Show)

Head to the CMEC's inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show, featuring a traveling penguin and a funny polar bear. Their scientific adventure leads them all around Earth and to Mars and Saturn, where they learn about planets'…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5-6:30pm Thu. Jan. 18

Artist Reception and Concert "Art by Inmates"

The 513free Prison Ministry and the Heyde Center for the Arts are excited to work together to feature the artwork of people who have been or who are incarcerated. There are over 2.2 million men, women, and juveniles incarcerated in the United…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE; It's recommended to call 513FREE for reservations

Age: All Ages

5-5:30pm Thu. Jan. 18

Polaris (Planetarium Show)

Head to the CMEC's inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show, featuring a traveling penguin and a funny polar bear. Their scientific adventure leads them all around Earth and to Mars and Saturn, where they learn about planets'…

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Thu. Jan. 18

Language Exchange: Habla en la Cabra

Practice your second language with us, English or Spanish. We sip coffee and help each other practice conversational English and Spanish. Bring the family, all levels and ages are welcome. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa…

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Jan. 18

Winter After Hours 2018

There will be ice skating, snow shoeing, winter kubb, a firepit, music, and hot drinks. Snowshoe and skate rentals will be available during the special event only. The warming house and restrooms will be open and supervised. Hundreds of…

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

6:15-10pm Thu. Jan. 18

Thursday Bingo at the Moose Lodge

Doors open 6:15. Games start at 7. Regular and Progressive Bingo. 50/50 Raffle, All proceeds after expenses go to Charity. Food and Drink served. Lunch Served before play and at intermission. 17 games played for as low as $4. Different…

Menomonie Moose Lodge
720 19th Ave.
Menomonie

Cost: Varies

Age: All, under 18 must have Guardian

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jan. 18

The Paint Shack

Enjoy a fun time painting made easy and exciting. A talented social artist will instruct you step by step through recreating the featured painting. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: $10-40

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Thu. Jan. 18

Nici Peper and Justin Jay Arnold at Caffe Tempo

Indie Singer/Songwriters Nici Peper and Justin Jay Arnold come together at Caffe Tempo tonight for a performance that will surely entertain and warm you up enough to get you back to your car. Lol Come early and grab the couch.

Caffe Tempo
315 E Madison St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages